Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dem Bones

Last week my bones revolted and overthrew my body.
I didn't do one thing in particular to cause the revolution; it was more of a progressive slide into total unhealthiness that did me in. When I woke up on Sunday, I was fine. An hour later, I couldn't move my legs without great pain.
I have been wanting to check out a local chiropractor for a few months now. I sleep poorly, and am always throwing my neck out of whack. And with all the knitting I do, I have been having a lot of pain in my elbow and shoulder, to the point of hardly knitting for weeks on end. I wanted to see if I could get an adjustment and help prevent further occurrences like these.
Obviously, the need became urgent on Monday when I could still hardly move.
I called the doctor in the local phone book, and they were able to get me in right away. He did x -rays, moist heat, traction, and finally an adjustment. Pure relief.
The x-rays showed that I had several lumbar vertebra out of alignment, and that my pelvis was torqued to the left. I have some degeneration in my neck, and bone spurs that are aggravating the nerve.
The good news is, that most of this can be reversed. I am continuing to go in for 14 adjustments, and in the meantime working on strengthening my core. So, crunches. Lovely.
The other thing I have to do is try to sleep on my back, which is a lot harder than you would think. I flip flop all over, 30 times a night. Laying flat on my back is unnatural to me. I'm hoping a new core pillow will help.
So friends, treat you back nicely and strengthen your core!


Sue said...

You sound like me when I sleep. I have 2 pillows, 1 further down my back so I can sleep on my back okay. I hope all the treatments make you feel much.

Jen on the Edge said...

Ouch. I hope you can get your back all straightened out. (Pun not intended, originally.) I'd take knee pain over back pain any day.